Giving Back

Help Keep Buffalo Bayou Park Lean and Green This Weekend

Volunteers are needed to weed, mulch and beautify the bayou.

02/17/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

FINALLY

The Astrodome Gets Its Landmark Status from the Texas Historical Commission

No significant alterations can be made—including demolition—without permission from the state.

01/27/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Family Guide to Florida

7 National Parks in Florida Your Kids Will Love

Heaven on earth awaits in the most unexpected of places.

01/23/2017 By Craig Pittman

Ultimate Guide to Buffalo Bayou Park

Where the Wild Things Are in Buffalo Bayou Park

There’s more to Buffalo Bayou than bats. Alisa Kline, the park’s Texas Master Naturalist, clues us in on some surprising species to watch for.

01/23/2017 By Jeff Balke

Obituary

Noted "Force of Nature" Terry Hershey Has Passed Away

The conservationist was one of the great champions of Houston's oft-overlooked natural side.

01/19/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Parks & Rec

When Is the Jamail Skatepark Reopening?

Houston's signature skateboarding facility was supposed to reopen in October 2016.

01/12/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

#htx

Houston's 8 Greatest Vantage Points for Those Dramatic Downtown Skyline Views

Up your Instagram game sans drone by posting up at one of these scenic spots.

01/07/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Get Out

Plant the Seeds of Houston's Future Wildflowers This Weekend

The Parks Department's annual Lady Bird Johnson Tribute enters its 10th year.

11/04/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Bayougraphy

The Man on a Mission to Bring the Green

Joe Turner is transforming Houston’s parks—and all on an ever-tightening city budget. How does he do it? Teamwork.

10/24/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Hidden Houston

What’s a Bayou Anyway?

And how do you pronounce it?

10/24/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Hidden Houston

In Houston, History Hides in Plain Sight

The city’s most important movers and shakers aren’t always where you’d expect to find them.

10/24/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt and Adam Doster

Get Out

Celebrate Buffalo Bayou Park's 1st Birthday This Week

Houston's premier park knows how to throw a birthday bash—with free cake and beer.

10/05/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Grand Opening

Meet the New Smither Park

Explore the latest East End attraction this weekend.

09/30/2016 By Jeanne Lyons Davis

Top Picks

Houston's on High Art Alert this Weekend

Between the Houston Art Fair, Sawyer Yards' Biannual Art Opening, Orange Show's grand opening of Smither Park and Texas Contemporary, you don't want to miss any of the action.

09/29/2016 By Jeanne Lyons Davis

The Great Outdoors

Learn to Camp This Weekend—for Free

The Baytown Nature Center and REI are teaming up to offer a Camping 101 course for the whole family.

09/01/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Get Out

The 10 Best Activities at Discovery Green

The downtown park offers Houstonians everything from free fitness classes to young writer workshops.

07/25/2016 By Miranda Proctor

Play It Cool

Ways to Stay Cool This Summer: Houston's Shadiest Spots for a Stroll

Under the leafy oaks and tall pines of our three favorite walking paths, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell you’re in the city at all.

07/25/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Play It Cool

100 Ways to Beat the Houston Heat

Summer may be our winter, but at least no one has to shovel the sunshine, so chill out—we’ll show you how.

06/20/2016 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt With Ellie Sharp, Marianella Orlando, Layne Lynch, Sarah Rufca Nielsen, Jeff Balke, and Alice Levitt

Postcards From Beyond the Beltway

Best of the Burbs: Welcome to Katy

Did you know Katy has one of the nation’s only velodromes?

05/31/2016 By Ellie Sharp

Duck, Duck, Goose

Bird-Watching for Beginners at Brazos Bend

And if you're not into birds, how about bobcats?

05/26/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt